Housing rehab funds availableFunding for housing repairs is available for Douglas County homeowners and renters through the Northwest Regional Housing Program.
Funding for housing repairs is available for Douglas County homeowners and renters through the Northwest Regional Housing Program.
The Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Housing, awarded $1.9 million in Community Development Block Grant housing rehabilitation funds to the program. The money will be available to qualified applicants to make necessary repairs to owner- and renter-occupied housing units and to provide down payment assistance to qualifying families purchasing a home.
The Northwest Regional Housing Program area includes Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, and Washburn counties.
Money will be available to income-eligible property owners throughout the nine counties for housing repair or replacement of windows, exterior doors, shingles, siding, insulation, furnaces, wiring, plumbing, water and sewer laterals, failing septic systems and other major home repairs.
Owner-occupied housing repair funds are available through a zero percent interest, deferred payment loan, while renter-occupied housing repair funds are in the form of a zero to 3 percent interest loan with a monthly payment plan over a 10-year term.
Eligible families who are renting could access zero percent interest, deferred payment loans to assist in the purchase of a home. Money may be used for select closing costs and up to 50 percent of a reasonable down payment for the purchase of a home by qualifying applicants. The down payment assistance program requires a 50 percent match by the applicant.
The Northwest Regional Planning Commission, based in Spooner, administers the regional housing program.
To determine if you may qualify and to get an application, contact Bonnie Carlson, housing development specialist at 715-635-2197. More information is available at www.nwrpc.com.